Wednesday, November 25, 2015

New Book: Prince Not So Charming: Cinderella's Guide to Financial Independence by Kathleen Grace

Prince Not So Charming: Cinderella's Guide to Financial Independence by Kathleen Grace was released a few months ago and I debated whether or not to post it. As I have mentioned before, I don't post about many self-help books with fairy tale themes, but I do find them fascinating. The many ways fairy tales are used in the world is why I am here after all. The breadth and depth is rather endless. This one goes under financial self-help and also plays with princess culture.

Book description:

In "Prince Not So Charming," you will take a riveting journey with Cinderella as she navigates romance, emotional upheaval, and near-financial-death experiences--all of which lead her to find inner strength despite seemingly insurmountable setbacks.
Nine out of ten women will be solely responsible for their finances at some point in their lives. "Prince Not So Charming," is a call to action that will inspire and empower you to take control of your finances regardless of the obstacles you face, plus you’ll learn:

Strategies for women to regain power and avoid financial ruin

The importance of and how to maintain financial independence--whether you're married, single, or contemplating divorce

Financial strategies to help you safeguard yourself and those you love

Ideas to reduce the financial and emotional burdens of divorce

Whether you're a high-powered executive or a single mom struggling to make ends meet, "Prince Not So Charming" will encourage you to claim your power to create and protect your financial future.

Tuesday, November 24, 2015

Melissa & Doug Fairy Tale Friends Hand Puppets

Melissa and Doug Toys currently have two fairy tale themed puppet sets. One is the rather generic Melissa & Doug Palace Pals Hand Puppets and the other, not surprisingly is Melissa & Doug Fairy Tale Friends Hand Puppets which is really Little Red Riding Hood as you can see above. Pretty much if there is a company makes a set of fairy tale themed puppets, their first set will be Little Red Riding Hood, sometimes their only set. It beats Cinderella, Three Little Pigs, and Goldilocks and the Three Bears. The concept is usually centered around having four characters--that seems to be the ideal in fairy tale themed puppet sets for some reason (although other sets will shoot for five for all fingers on a hand, like Five Little Monkeys, etc.). LRRH lends itself nicely to the four and is just that popular, I guess.

The Palace Pals set lends itself more to St. George and the Dragon which must make it more popular in Europe where that tale is much more commonly represented. I don't know many kids in the U.S. who are familiar with it.

The one puppet set I am missing in any iteration? Rumpelsiltskin. I wish I had one, but I don't. Because I've never seen one. I even have a full Snow White set thanks to a trip to Europe in 2008 where I found one randomly walking through Bordeaux (see Finger Puppet Fun: Lilliputiens) but no Rumpelstiltskin.

Monday, November 23, 2015

FAO Schwarz Fairy Tale Hand Puppets

I haven't seen these before--and if you have been reading my posts for any length of time you know that I am a puppet enthusiast. I love the Little Red Riding Hood set but the other ones are charming, too. But since they are FAO Schwartz branded, they are not inexpensive. So I will enjoy the images.

I have actually found many new puppets for this year and will be sharing more this week. There will be others that are more affordable. I have nephews and nieces who are young enough to still enjoy storytime with me and the puppets are a key part of that. Sometimes I use them to share the story and other times I let the kids use them to enhance the story, acting it out as we read along. It makes for creative play that we all enjoy.

Bargain Ebook: Howl's Moving Castle by Diana Wynne Jones for $1.99

Because it is a fine book at a deal of a price today, I am sharing Howl's Moving Castle (Howl's Castle Book 1) by Diana Wynne Jones for $1.99 in ebook format. Definitely filled with fairy tale tropes, but no specific tales necessarily.

Book description:

Sophie has the great misfortune of being the eldest of three daughters, destined to fail miserably should she ever leave home to seek her fate. But when she unwittingly attracts the ire of the Witch of the Waste, Sophie finds herself under a horrid spell that transforms her into an old lady. Her only chance at breaking it lies in the ever-moving castle in the hills: the Wizard Howl's castle. To untangle the enchantment, Sophie must handle the heartless Howl, strike a bargain with a fire demon, and meet the Witch of the Waste head-on. Along the way, she discovers that there's far more to Howl—and herself—than first meets the eye.

Sunday, November 22, 2015

Fairytale Gloom

Fairytale Gloom, by Atlas Games, is part of their Gloom series but is standalone and doesn't require the other versions of Gloom or familiarity with them. Here are some of the game cards. There are definitely familiar fairy tales included.

The biggest criticism I am seeing for the game is that it is better to play with creative people. That is my same observation with my beloved Dixit. It's my family's favorite game but when I tried it with a bunch of teenagers, it wasn't as successful. Not a failure, just not as creatively fun as when my family (ranging in ages from 8 to 69) plays it.

Game description:

The Game of Grim Incidents
and Unhappily-Ever-Afters

A fairytale toad in a prince's crownLet's face it: Fairy tales are awful. Wolves and old women eat children, giants fall from the sky, and even young girls break-and-enter to steal porridge from unsuspecting families.

In Fairytale Gloom, custom collections of fairy tale characters like Jack, Gretel, Puss in Boots, and Little Red Riding Hood do their best to stay happy, but circumstances conspire to rain woe on their sad, benighted heads.

These heroes become beasts, give up on Grandma, and cry wolf once too often. Even though they look into magic mirrors and kill golden geese, most end their days living in giant shoes… or worse.

Eventually, enough Unhappy Endings come to pass that the game ends. And then? The most miserable collection of characters wins.

Fairytale Gloom is a stand-alone game that's also compatible with all existing Gloom core games and expansions.

In Fairytale Gloom…
Each player chooses their own collection of fairy tale protagonists.
Modifiers add or subtract points. You could play "Dwelt With Some Dwarfs" on "Rapunzel," for example.
Unhappy Endings lock in points for good or ill. Perhaps "Goldilocks" "Cried Wolf Once Too Often."
It's all about storytelling: Players weave tales around what comes to pass. What happened, exactly, when "Joe the Giant" "Married a Murderer?"
With transparent cards, the points you can see are the points in play — it's that simple!

Designer: Keith Baker | Artist: Jaume Fabregat
Stock Number: AG1332 | ISBN: 978-1-58978-158-0 | MSRP: $24.95 US
Format: Two decks of 55 transparent cards, and a rules sheet in a tuckbox
Release Date: June 2015

Friday, November 20, 2015

Crafty Friday: To Grandma's House by Melissa Schaschwary

Today I am sharing To Grandma's House by Melissa Schaschwary available from Ravelry. I love this reversible caplet which allows you to be Little Red or the Wolf!


Perfect for this year’s holiday knitting!

Every sweet Red Riding Hood has a big, bad wolf hiding inside.
This reversible caplet appeals to the gentle, whimsical child, as well as the adventurous spirit who’d rather to bare her ferocious teeth. And who says you can’t be both? There is nothing more fun than living a fairytale to its fullest.

And yes, there is an adult version coming soon!

Thursday, November 19, 2015

Fairy Tale Gift Shop Discoveries at the Museu Nacional d'Art de Catalunya

As I mentioned last week, I was blessed to go on vacation in October--mine and John's first vacation in four years, almost to the day. We were LONG overdue. Our vacation was long and eventful and occasionally I saw fairy tale things.

One of the best sightings was on our first day of the trip when we were in Barcelona at the Museu Nacional d'Art de Catalunya. The gift shop had lots of fun things in it. I was so tired and jetlagged at that point that I also didn't care about taking pictures and the gift shop staff didn't say me nay either. So here are my photos for my own reference and where I found them later online for more information and better pictures.

It was an amazing museum, too, by the way. I really was exhausted and John ended up sleeping on a couch for a bit because his body just shuts down on him. He wasn't bored, just couldn't keep his eyes open anymore.

These Build Your Own Bobble Head - Fairy Tales were something new to me and looked like fun. If I was still working in a library, I would have snatched these up and assembled them for a display in the children's room. I had a few fun displays back in my day.

This Prince Philippe with the frog prince is by Djeco Toys--apparently made by France's Papo which I see has many fairy tale themed items--some I've investigated before. I will research and share more in a separate post soon! The Djeco site has that animated stuff you are forced to load and watch before you can really see much which is followed up by mystery meat navigation which I don't have time to mess with today. Or any day for that matter. Sells and informs absolutely nothing to anyone. 

These Shrinkables - Fairy Tale were perhaps the most tempting but on the first day of a trip, I was very reluctant to add ANYTHING to my luggage. Fortunately, I found these online and now have them in my wishlist for a possible splurge someday in the future. These reminded me of the Shrinky Dinks I loved when I was in 4th grade, many moons ago.

Again, I am a school supplies and stationary junkie, so I wanted these Fairy Tale Color Pencils and the erasers pictured above them, too. But I practiced self control yet again!

Finally, there were a few pieces from the UK's Tyrrell Katz brand. With further research, I've learned these are part of the Princess line and include many items, such as the backpack at the top of this post and more. The museum didn't have the Tyrrell Katz Princess Beaker, which is a good thing because I bet I would have bought that to hold pencils on my desk. Which may have convinced me to buy the Fairy Tale Color Pencils and then the self mastery would have been sliding down that slippery slope of indulgence. I ended up with room in my luggage by the end of the trip, but I didn't know that at the beginning! And since international delivery is very cost prohibitive for a beaker, I think this will remain as an image in my files instead of a pencil holder on my desk!